Definitions for sanctionˈsæŋk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sanc•tionˈsæŋk ʃən(n.)

  1. authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.

  2. something that serves to support an action, condition, etc.

  3. something that gives binding force, as to an oath or rule of conduct.

  4. a provision of a law enacting a penalty for disobedience. the penalty imposed.

    Category: Law

  5. action by a state or states calculated to force another state to comply with its obligations:

    to invoke sanctions against an aggressor.

    Category: Law

  6. (v.t.)to authorize, approve, or allow.

  7. to ratify or confirm.

  8. to impose a sanction on; penalize, esp. by way of discipline.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of sanction:

1555–65; < L sānctiō


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimatur(noun)

    formal and explicit approval

    "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

  2. sanction(noun)

    a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards

  3. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction(noun)

    official permission or approval

    "authority for the program was renewed several times"

  4. sanction(verb)

    the act of final authorization

    "it had the sanction of the church"

  5. approve, O.K., okay, sanction(verb)

    give sanction to

    "I approve of his educational policies"

  6. sanction(verb)

    give authority or permission to

  7. sanction(verb)

    give religious sanction to, such as through on oath

    "sanctify the marriage"


  1. sanction(Noun)

    An approval, by an authority, generally one that makes something valid.

  2. sanction(Noun)

    A penalty, or some coercive measure, intended to ensure compliance; especially one adopted by several nations, or by an international body.

  3. sanction(Noun)

    A law, treaty, or contract, or a clause within a law, treaty, or contract, specifying the above.

  4. sanction(Verb)

    To ratify; to make valid.

  5. sanction(Verb)

    To give official authorization or approval to; to countenance.

  6. sanction(Verb)

    To penalize (a State etc.) with sanctions.

  7. Origin: From sanction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanction(noun)

    solemn or ceremonious ratification; an official act of a superior by which he ratifies and gives validity to the act of some other person or body; establishment or furtherance of anything by giving authority to it; confirmation; approbation

  2. Sanction(noun)

    anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions

  3. Sanction(verb)

    to give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sanction' in Nouns Frequency: #2176

Anagrams of sanction

  1. actinons, canonist, contains

Translations for sanction

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


permission or approval

The soldier's action did not have the sanction of his commanding officer.

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